Originally Posted by Nannie B
I'm a newbie. Hatching started at midnight monday. All have hatched but one. It pipped early yesterday and had made a pretty big hole but no progress so far. I helped it zip a little following the instructions on byc. I only took away a little shell but it's still not making progress and the other chicks are pecking it. Should I go ahead and move the other chicks to the brooder? The one in the egg is moving and chirping.
When you made the zip did you break through the inner membrane? Was there any blood? You can moisten the inner membrane with a warm, damp q-tip and check to see if there are veins. I move chicks after 12 hours, sometimes sooner. Just make sure the brooder is the right temp and you can move them whenever you want. But if there is an egg that's been pipped a while I leave one or two chicks in the incubator (usually the last ones that hatched) to give the pipped egg motivation. The egg that's not progressing may have gotten sticky inside and can't turn since its bed so long. Check for veins/blood and post pics of you can.